A Central City man will be tried for allegedly stopping his truck on I-80 near Saltair, which resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl.
Third District Judge Roger A. Livingston on Monday ordered Kevin P. Orgill, 31, to stand trial for automobile homicide, a third-degree felony, for the April 19, 1999, incident that killed Marianne R. Johnson.Johnson's boyfriend, David Spencer, 19, of Layton, testified that while they were driving to Johnson's home in Tooele around midnight he saw what appeared to be a flash of light or dust in the headlights. The accident occurred immediately afterward, he said.
"We hit the back end of the truck and it rolled up the front of the windshield," he said. "Our car went completely across the road and rested against a barbed-wire fence."
Johnson hit Orgill's pickup truck that was stopped perpendicular to the westbound lanes with its back end at least 10 feet on the driving surface, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Scott Reynolds said.
Reynolds, who investigated the accident, arrived at the scene and noticed Johnson was behind the wheel with massive head and face injuries. Reynolds said he felt a faint pulse at first, but it later stopped and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The trooper later approached Orgill's truck and said he was still behind the wheel where "he looked tired and had blood-shot eyes" and he smelled of alcohol.
Reynolds conducted three standard field sobriety tests and also had a blood test and breath test conducted. The blood/alcohol test came back at .16 percent -- twice the legal limit.